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Many hens few eggs

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by CrealCritter, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. Jan 11, 2019
    Beekissed

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    Anymore eggs getting eaten?
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Nope haven't found one yet. I'm still waiting for oyster shells to come in at the farm store. But I did up them from 16% layer pellets to 18% all flock pellets.
     
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    Mini Horses

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    Agree. But you & I seems to have a few more boys (& girls:hide) in our ranging chickens. I cut & dull most of the time when I have one stay long enough to need it. Some breeds don't seem to grow such long ones. This particular roo had curled up & away..over 2" long. Not now.:D

    Yep, mine are back to laying. Still staggered but, I can tell by the eggs, 8 regulars and 6 more coming back on line. A lot of the others combs & legs are coloring up, so promising.
     
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    baymule

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    I got 4 eggs yesterday from the Easter Eggers, there's 11 in that coop. This will be their second laying season, so better raise up some replacements! The Australorp flock has been a disappointment so far.
     
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    Lazy Gardener

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    I consider EE to be good layers. An overall asset to the flock. I have 5 muffed gals, and a muffed cockerel to carry the genes forward.
     
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    frustratedearthmother

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    Mine are good dependable layers also. Need some more!
     
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    Rammy

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    My australorps always laid very well. Couple even went broody. Im ditching my comets and barred rocks as they arent laying good anymore.
     
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    Lazy Gardener

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    I had a lorpe and Colombian Wyandotte go broody last summer. Between the 2, they raised 22 babies.
     
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    NH Homesteader

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    I didn't ever find out if my EE's we're good layers, they were too psycho for my flock! Lol

    I will have all 1-2 year old birds this year, stray dogs took out my favorite old hen last year. Hope someone goes broody and we get some replacements!
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I have a community next box that I made a removable cage for. It's fairly simple, if I don't want them laying in the community box I put the cage over it. But if I want a hen to go broody, I remove the cage and several hens lay eggs in the box. A hen will eventually go broody and sit tight on those eggs. I then slip the cage over top of the community box, give her, her own food and water and wait for the hatch. I don't have to worry about moving her and the eggs and she's isolated, yet can see the rest of the flock.
     
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